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Donovan Mitchell on Game 7 performance

Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell says being tired of losing early in the playoffs has inspired his recent performances.

Mitchell carried the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Orlando Magic on Sunday in Game 7 of their first-round series, finishing with 39 points on the evening.

It followed his 50-point explosion in Game 6, and Mitchell’s 89 points over the final two games of the series are the second-most in Games 6 and 7 in NBA history, behind Allen Iverson’s 90 in 2001.

“I’m tired of losing in the first round,” Mitchell said after conquering Magic Game 7. ‘You work too hard. We work too hard. That was my mentality… for me, just stay in attack mode.”

What made Mitchell’s performance even more impressive was his battle with a knee injury that has bothered him all season. He grimaced throughout Sunday’s game, but the pain couldn’t slow him down.

“I’m fighting through what I’m fighting through, but I could fight through it and figure it out, or rehabilitate it over the next three or four months,” he said. “That’s where I’m at mentally.”

Mitchell is averaging 28.7 points, 5 rebounds and 4.4 assists in these playoffs. His success has come despite shooting 25 percent from beyond the three-point line.

Cleveland will now face Boston in the second round, with Game 1 scheduled for Tuesday at TD Garden.

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